Woodworking Patterns &Templates
Easy to Make & Great to Use!
Woodworking Patterns and Templates increase your skills dramatically. Once you make the woodworking templates, you can use them many times over the years. Since these patterns are shop-made, there cost is very low.
After you gain some experience, you can make nearly any Pattern or Template that you want. With a little guidance, you will find it easy to do. Most of these patterns are FREE, unless you desire a pre-made template.
A baby crib is much easier to make when you have Woodworking patterns and templates. In the picture below, you can see that the crib Top Rail has curves in it. The crib spindles fit only if the Bottom Rail matches the Top Rail. Why not have templates to make those curves?
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Baby Crib "Spindles"
Are you a wood-turner?
If not, you can still make attractive "spindles" for your Baby Crib. These woodworking patterns and templates allow you to make these nice spindles.
Featherboards make excellent Woodworking patterns, and you can build several of them. They are easy to make, saving you a lot of money. I think they are better than the store bought kind. You will love having these ready for your tablesaw, bandsaw, or router table.
Here is an explanation of the differences between a Push Stick and Push Shoe. You can make a Push Shoe in short order. This adds protection to narrow rip cuts. You should have this safety and precision in your woodworking repertoire!
This page shows you how to make your own Insert Plate template. You can mount your router anywhere on your Router Table Top with this shop-made template. It is easier than you think!
Table Saw Custom Blade Guard
You can make a Custom Blade Guard for your table saw. This template molds the Lexan sidepieces for the custom blade guard. Once you make this template, you can make custom blade guards for your fellow woodworkers.
How to Center Threaded Inserts on Edge:
This is an excellent Woodworking patterns jig. It is difficult to center a hole on the edge of a board. It is needed for some knock-down furniture, such as the Transitional Baby Crib.
I tried using a drill press with its table tilted 90-degree. This template makes it easier.
The picture shows a Template to center a 3/8" pilot hole on the edge of the Youth Bed Rail. This piece is 3/4" in thickness. Since the hole is 1 1/2" deep, it must be on the centerline. Once you make the template, you will find many uses.
It is nothing more than a 3/8" centered hole on piece of wood that has a 3/4" rabbet. The rabbet fits the edge of 3/4" stock and centers the drill bit. The thick piece of wood helps you keep your drill in a 90-degree position. It is surprising that something this simple can be so practical!
How to Make a Template: Porch Glider - New Woodworking Patterns
This is an initial template of the porch glider leg. You can make one of these!
The original plans call for a short backrest. It looked awkward to me.
You want a taller backrest for support when relaxing. It is nice to have lumbar support, as well. However, you don't want the back to be too vertical.
The back legs are the legs and back angle all in one. You want to design this to fit your body. I transferred this design from my dining room chairs.
You take a long piece of paper and tape it to 1/4" plywood. Use this to trace the shape. Once you trace it, take graph paper and slide it between the paper and the plywood. Now take a pencil and transfer the pattern to your plywood.
Since the back legs of the porch glider are 2 1/2" wide, you trace the same shape 2 1/2" apart. Remove the tape; slide the paper over 2 1/2" and trace again.
Take a can lid to make the round top and bottom.
In the case of the back legs for this Porch Glider, it looks like the template is too straight at the top. Let's try again.
Take your original template and place it on another piece of 1/4" plywood. You trace the original template onto 1/4" plywood, except for the top lines. Then you make a little more slant at the top, using a straight board for both lines.
If it looks okay, you are ready to cut the new pre-template.
You can make a prefab to test how it sits. Make any changes prior to creating your final templates.